Because there is no Fountain of Youth, your dog ages just like we do. We get older, heavier, slower, and often crankier. These changes happen to your dog as well.
Without a doubt, dogs age faster than people. Although conventional wisdom tells us that one human year equals seven dog years, there are too many factors and variations that can affect this oversimplification. However, researchers agree that the term “senior” applies to large dogs around ages six or seven and small dogs in their teens. Size and breed often determine how fast a dog ages.
Senior dogs often have special care requirements that are different than puppies or younger dogs. It’s important to understand the difference between normal aging in your dog and warning signs of an illness. Knowing what to expect will keep you one step ahead of your pack: